When Mavis believes Dracula is overworked from his time running the hotel, she takes the whole family on a monster cruise in the hopes that he’ll relax. Along the way, they’ll meet old enemies and new loves that no one expects.
IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-)
This summer sequel will most likely please your younger children, and will probably even satisfy fans of the previous films, but the third installment of this movie provides little else than a thin plot and a place for Adam Sandler (returning as Dracula) to show off some goofy vocal skills.
That being said, while it doesn’t recapture the fun of the first film, it does provide some silly fun and the same good messages as the first two. The returning cast (including Selena Gomez as Mavis and Andy Samberg as her human husband Johnny) haven’t lost any of the chemistry that carried them through the first two movies, and their ability to connect their characters emotionally to each other is what makes this movie watchable.
I want to give a quick shout out to the visuals in the movie, colorful and stimulating without being overwhelming, the designs of the characters and new locations showcased were gorgeous.
IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR FAMILY?
Hotel Transylvania 3 is rated PG for some action and rude humor, and parents should be aware of the following:
The beginning of the movie features a montage that includes fighting and injures. No blood is shown and the injures aren’t permanent or dwelled on.
Dracula and Mavis ingest some garlic that causes them some gastrointestinal distress.
(Spoiler alert!) At one point a Kraken attacks the monsters, which is probably the scariest scene in the movie.
Dracula is impaled with arrows and darts, though he doesn’t show signs of actually being injured, and the entire scene is played for laughs.
ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?
This movie teaches the importance of tolerance and love for those who are different. It also promotes the importance of family relationships.
To truly appreciate Hotel Transylvania and its sequels, you need to watch the original Universal Horror flicks. Bride of Frankenstein may be the very best. Rent or buy it here.
Lindsi Neilson currently works for Brigham Young University in the Theatre and Media Arts department, and is a freelance technical director and stage manager for several theatre companies in the Utah Valley area. In her free time she loves photography, stand up paddle-boarding, running 5k’s, reading, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and (you guessed it!) watching movies. For more of Lindsi’s writing visit lindsimichellephotography.blogspot.com.